Plaque erodes tooth enamel making it easier for bacteria to enter the deeper layers of your teeth. This causes cavities or tooth decay that cause pain and sensitivity and compromises the structure of your tooth. To prevent the bacteria progressing into your tooth, root and bone, if found early your dentist can remove the decayed portion of the tooth, disinfect and then restore your tooth with a natural tooth coloured filling. With good oral health care and regular checkups, a filling can last you many years. It’s important to note that with the constant stress and movement fillings can crack, break or even fall out.
If tooth decay, or general wear and tear, has left your tooth weakened or fractured a crown is a way to strengthen and restore the structure of your tooth.
Your affected tooth will be prepared and a custom made ‘cap’ will be cemented in to place that can last for up to 15 years with good oral hygiene.
An implant is the most natural and life like solution to replacing a missing tooth. This method does not require preparing the adjacent teeth either side of the gap, instead it is an artificial tooth mounted on a titanium structure that looks like a screw.
An implant is surgically placed into your jawbone, where the original tooth once was. Over time the bone grows around the implant ensuring it stays in place. Once the implant is secure in the bone, an crown is placed on top of the implant to resemble a natural tooth.
A root canal treatment is used to repair the damaged nerve inside of a tooth. This tissue can be damaged because of infection, wear and tear, gum disease, cracked fillings or injury. Damaged nerves can lead to infections or abscesses.
The treatment requires drilling a hole in to the tooth and removing the nerve using special dental files to clean out the roots (canals) of the affected tooth. After the nerve is removed the empty space is filled with a sterile and non-toxic material and sealed.
Your dentist may recommend a crown to further strengthen this tooth.
If you have multiple missing teeth and/or your remaining natural teeth are very weak, your dentist may recommend dentures. Dentures are full or partial artificial teeth that help you to return to normal eating habits for improved nutrition.
Denture technology has vastly improved in recent years resulting in a better and more comfortable fit as well as a natural looking smile.
Diligent cleaning and maintenance of your dentures is critical to your wellbeing and functionality of your dentures.